Amerissiah

Written by Derek Ahonen
Directed by Derek Ahonen

June 3rd – June 28th
Theatre 80 Saint Marks

Barry Ricewater is dying of cancer. He also claims to be the Messiah. His older, hippie wife and his recovering drug-addict brother believe him, but the rest of the family harbors doubts. Barry’s sister and father are preoccupied dodging jail sentences for fraud, and their lawyer is ready to send them to the big house. When an aspiring rapper and his seemingly psychic wife show up looking for the Amerissiah, the family is forced to confront their sins and seek redemption- but are they worshiping a false idol?

Starring:
William Apps
Selene Beretta
Jennifer Fouche
James Kautz
Nick Lawson
Sarah Lemp
Matthew Pilieci
Aysha Quinn
George Walsh

The original production was directed by Derek Ahonen with the following cast: William Apps | Selene Beretta | Deirdre Brenna | Nancy Clarkson | Jennifer Fouche | Adam Fujita | James Kautz | Matthew Pilieci and George Walsh

Crew:
Stage Manager: Dan Stern
Assistant Director: Jeremy Duncan Pape
Set Design/Fight Director: Alfred Schatz
Lighting Designer: Jeremy Duncan Pape
Sound Designer: Brian Lazarus
Costume Designer: Ricky Lang
Spiritual Adviser: Larry Cobra

Production Sponsors:
Tian and Nicholas Cimato, in memory of Rick Cimato
Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman

“Ammerissiah may surprise those who have grown to love the hectic hilarity of the Amoralists other works. Messianic zeal, the duties of fathers and the post belief vacuum all figure here, and the balance tips away from zaniness and toward sincerity..”

Time Out New York

“Throughout the writing in this Amoralists production is zestful, filled with scatalogical zingers and trippy non sequiturs, which the company delivers with gritty aplomb. Their work ensures laughter. It also forces theatergoers to contemplate the deeper meaning behind Ahonen’s screwy comedy.”

The Village Voice

“Ahonen takes family dysfunction to brand new, shockingly original heights. Take a look at the future of downtown New York theatre.”

nytheatre.com

“The Amoralists are the new Sam Shepherd”

The L Magazine

From the Show

All photos by Larry Cobra